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Police arrest duo from Mumbai for stealing 19 high-end bikes, selling them in Alibaug

The duo are part of the racket run by five others. The police recovered total 19 motorcycles from the accused.

mumbai Updated: Apr 28, 2018 13:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
The accused have robbed motorcycles from numerous areas in the state.(Representational photo)

Two people were arrested by the Dadar police for allegedly robbing KTM and Pulsar-220 motorcycles from Mumbai and selling them to a minor in Alibaug. The accused, who were arrested on Monday, have been identified as Aamir Khalil Ansari, 22 and Rohit Saroj 27. “We took their custody on April 23 from Bhoiwada police and have detected one bike theft case in our jurisdiction. They are in police custody till April 27,” said Divakar Shelke, senior inspector at Dadar police station.

The duo are part of the racket run by five others including Sanil Naresh Kadve, 20, Ajay Anil Patil, 27, Grigesh Haresh Bhoir, 20, Aditya Jaywant Shelar, 20 and the minor. They were arrested on April 13 and the minor was detained while the others were arrested by the Alibaug local crime branch. The police recovered total 19 motorcycles from the accused.

The Alibaug crime branch received a tip-off about a minor’s involvement in motorcycle theft. “We took the 17-year-old college student in custody on April 13 and found a bike with him. The motorcycle was without any documents and during interrogation, he confessed about a racket being run between Mumbai and Alibaug,” said Suhas Avhad, assistant police inspector, local crime branch, Alibaug. The minor used come to Mumbai and ferry the purportedly stolen motorcycles which he sold in Alibaug for as low as Rs20,000 to Rs25,000, Avhad said.

The police found that the accused had formed two WhatsApp groups of which they would share details of the robbed motorcycles and sell them. The minor also revealed the names of Ansari and Saroj and claimed that he met them at a motorcycle race near I-Max in Wadala. “He had told Ansari and Saroj that KTM and Pulsar- 220 bikes are in demand among youngsters,” said Avhad. Shamsher Tadvi, assistant police inspector, Dadar police station said the group targeted only KTM and Pulsar-220 motorcycles which are in demand amongst youngsters and the duo from Mumbai used to sell the stolen bikes at Rs15,000 to Rs20,000.

The accused have robbed motorcycles from Mandva police station, Alibaug, NM Joshi Marg, Mumbai Central, Bhoiwada, Pantnagar, Dadar, Tilak Nagar, Kharghar and Panvel city police station.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 12:59 IST